BOONE, N.C. –– Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2017 season on Friday.
Emma Reilly (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), Kara Spicer (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial), Lexi Kohut (Gross Pointe Park, Mich./Gross Pointe South) and Jenna Pitzer (Franklinton, N.C./South Granville).
“This is a great class for App State volleyball and we’re excited to get them in the gym in August,” said Ginipro. “All four will fill some holes that we had this year and work to help us get back on track towards a conference championship.”
5-6 • Libero
Chicago, Ill. • Mother McAuley
Emma Reilly will join the Mountaineers after earning three letters at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago. Reilly was named GCAC all-conference as a senior and was named MVP of the Autumn Fest tournament. Most recently, she helped Mother McAuley win an IHSA state championship. She played club volleyball for Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy. Reilly plans on majoring in communication science and disorders.
Ginipro’s Comments: “I think we’ve done a good job of recruiting great defensive players over the past few years and Emma is no exception. She plays for the PrepVolleyball.com #1 ranked high school in the country and just won a state championship this weekend. She has great touch on the ball and will bolster our ball control group right away.”
6-2 • Middle Blocker
Peoria, Ariz. • Centennial
Kara Spicer will join Appalachian State after earning volleyball letters at Centennial High School. Spicer was named Most Improved in 2015 and in 2016 was named team captain. She was named all-district and all-region Player of the Year in 2016. She led the team with the most kills and most blocks. Earned 2015 all-state honors. She was a member of Arizona Revolution club volleyball.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Kara is going to be a physical middle blocker for us and I don’t think she has come close to peaking as an athlete yet. She just won the Arizona 5A State Championship on Wednesday night, and is the daughter of a football coach, so she knows what it takes to work at a high level. We need to be more physical in the middle and Kara fits that mold perfectly.”
6-0 • Outside Hitter
Grosse Point Park, Mich. • Grosse Pointe South
Alexis Kohut comes to the Mountaineers after earning four letters at Grosse Pointe South. Kohut earned second-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team all-conference in 2016, while collecting all-region and all-conference honors from 2013-2015, including honorable mention all-state in 2015.
While at Grosse Point South, Kohut collected 1,675 kills, 569 blocks and 632 digs in her career to go along with an 88.0 percent serve percentage. Her team advanced to regionals three years in a row and made it to the state quarterfinals one year.
Kohut played for Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy and was named to the 2015 AVCA Phenom list and the 2016 Under Armour All-American Watch List.
She plans to major in exercise sports science.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Lexi is an outside hitter who I think will compete for playing time right away. She has a good jump, a great armswing and is a fierce competitor who I’m looking forward to having in our gym. Right now, we’re looking at her as a scoring option on the right side, but she could also play on the left as well.”
6-0 • Middle Hitter
Franklinton, N.C. • South Granville
Jenna Pitzer joins the Mountaineers after lettering at South Granville High School. Pitzer earned all-conference and all-metro as a junior. She has served as team captain her final two seasons and was named team MVP as a junior.
She has collected 1,000 kills, 338 blocks, 108 aces and has a hitting percentage of 40.7 and a kill percentage of 59.4 in 377 sets. Plays for Pura Vida club team.
Plans to major in exercise science and eventually work with a professional sports team.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Jenna is a good athlete who has the potential to play all three front row positions for us. She’s exciting because, once she gets used to the speed of the college game, she will be a very versatile attacker for us.”